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|With much respect, Captain Crow, Grierson was more lucky than skillful. He called some exactly right and there were times he might have guessed better. But history records his ride as heroic. I'm here only to look at things the way they actually were. His raid was remarkable, and he had to have had something to do with that. But I'm not one to conclude that he was a sainted genius.
What he accomplished will rightfully go down in the annals as a telling smack. But I do not assign "genious" easily. He did what he was asked to do. And he did it well. His was a sacrificial mission. That he carried it out with most of his command is indeed commendable. But it remains that he ably accomplished what was asked of him. And not much more than that.